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9 Aug 2019 - 16:10 by Mike Wild

I’ve been wondering what else we could do to encourage the voices of leaders of charities, voluntary organisations and community groups around Brexit. My impression is that charity sector leaders would certainly want to speak up but are unsure how to go about it in the right way. Is Brexit simply too difficult for us to talk about?

Brexit is a political issue. That’s not something charities need be afraid of – our work is fundamentally a political act and a strong campaigning voice is essential in driving change - but Brexit has become a party political issue and...

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7 Aug 2019 - 13:28 by hayley.lightfoot

I read an article recently that suggested that one of the ways employer supported volunteering could be more successful, is for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, to engage better with the trends of corporate social responsibility managers within businesses.

I don't agree.

ESV has been around for many years and the most regular comments I receive from employers’ is: “not many people use the days offered” and from the VCSE sector: “the support offered, isn't the kind of support we need.”...

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31 Jul 2019 - 14:53 by Mike Wild

I started writing something shortly after the new Prime Minister has made his first speech on the steps of Downing Street. Another premiership set to be dominated by Brexit. It has paralysed national policy and politics for the last 3 years and it looks like this is set to continue for the foreseeable future...but the phrase which is ringing in my ears from the speech is “the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters”. I suspect many politicians would put charities and campaigners in those categories.

I don’t think doubt is a bad thing. A bit of healthy scepticism is important - as is...

24 Jun 2019 - 11:43 by Nigel Rose

At meetings where people from statutory organisations are extolling the virtues and importance of the VCSE sector, I quite often feel like saying “SHOW ME THE MONEY” over and over again, just like Cuba Gooding Junior says at an increasing volume to a confused Tom Cruise in the film Jerry Maguire. He doesn’t want warm words - he wants cold cash. I can’t remember what happens after that but it all ends happily when he realises that the most important thing is love - “you had me at hello”. I love a happy ending.



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7 Jun 2019 - 13:08 by barkery.jammeh

What a way to round up our volunteer stories for this years Volunteers week! Check out our last installment of volunteer stories (Including a volunteer video) highlighting the importance of celebrating volunteers and their contribution. Today we are sharing Lesley’s and Amruta’s stories and a video from the National Football Museum. We hope you enjoy :-)

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5 Jun 2019 - 15:58 by aleena.khan

All this week we are sharing volunteer stories, highlighting the importance of celebrating volunteers and their contribution. Today we are sharing Helen's and Rita's stories: 


Volunteer name: Helen
Age: 60

Where are...

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3 Jun 2019 - 14:32 by barkery.jammeh

Happy Volunteers Week :-)

Volunteers Week 2019 is here and we look forward to a great week of Celebration!

It’s a little bit different for us this year and a change from our usual and very popular ‘Volunteer Fair’ event (back next year)… but nevertheless we have plenty of activities planned and presentations scheduled for this week.

Reward & Recognition

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30 May 2019 - 15:43 by shanna.lennon


Volunteer Coordinator Forum – May 2019


This time round, we met at the Booth Centre, a day centre that offers advice, activities and support to homeless people in Manchester. It was great to...

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21 May 2019 - 14:36 by helen.walker

"You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built in the human plan. We come with it.” - Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale

For me, this quote sums up the power of stories. Sometimes stories are seen as fluffy and not as serious as facts and figures but before we had statistical models and survey data, we had stories. They were used as education, entertainment and to inspire.

I still remember being in reception class at school sitting and listening to my teacher telling a story. Being transported to other worlds...

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8 May 2019 - 11:34 by karen.dyson

It is possible to switch off from work when you have a job in the voluntary sector but this hasn’t been one one of those days for me.

The day began with a tram journey to Manchester, whiling away the time as I often do, by pottering about on Facebook and twitter. Most days I think this just answers my own question about why don’t I read as many books as I used to, but today it was very productive. As well as excellent and inspiring stories about creative work our colleagues are doing in the sector and the benefits this brings for the people of Manchester, I also came across...

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